I've been in a Forsyth mood lately. In The Phantom of Manhattan Mr. Forsyth continues the story of the classic Phantom of the Opera. A story most only know from twentieth century movies, and plays. It's a story created by a Frenchman long ago utilizing the Paris opera house. The only conceivable opera house in which a phantom could exist. Details of the opera house are revealed like the seven stories of it that are below ground the lowest of which comes to an underground lake formed by water over the years seeping into the foundations. It's a love story that picks up where the old story leaves off explaining what happened to the phantom? What happened to the songbird he fell in love with? What happened between them before she was rescued? It's an impressive tale of resilience, of secrets, of love and passion that never dies. It's a quick read that will tug on your heart strings and leave you smiling in the end at how Mr. Forsyth neatly wraps this one up.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
In this age of Obama politics I yearned for a time gone by I remember with fondness. A time when the lines between good and evil were more clearly defined. A time when the leader of the free world was one to be admired for his courage and not because he is a likable black guy. A time when same said leader didn't apologize for his own country. A time when nuclear war depended on the chess moves of the worlds military might. I'm talking about the time when America and its allay's were pitted against the U.S.S.R. West verses East. I found such a time period in the pages of The Forth Protocol. A story about Russia's attempt to take over the British government using it's top spy to set off a low yield nuke at an American air base in Briton. Just in time for British elections. Just in time to sway public opinion to support a party more in line with Moscow's interest than Briton's and America's. Such a disaster would have people calling for American troops to be sent away along with nuclear disarmament leaving all of Western Europe defenseless against soviet aggression. Enter MI5 and MI6 to track down the spy. discover the plot, and save western civilization. GOD save the queen. I've long been a Forsyth fan and this one deserves as much attention today as it did the day it was published. If only to remind us of where we all came from.